We would like to take this opportunity to recommend actions which would tackle the problems in our enforcement system. These include:
The TUC welcomes the opportunity to respond to the BEIS consultation on the recommendations in the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices on enforcement of employment rights. Unions play a vital role making sure that employment rights are respected and upheld, by:
There is large scale non-compliance with basic employment rights in the UK labour market. Up to 580,000 workers are being paid below National Minimum Wage rates. At least 2 million workers do not receive legal minimum paid holiday entitlements, missing out on £1.6bn in paid holiday per year. Existing enforcement mechanisms are clearly failing many workers.
The Taylor Review missed the opportunity to put forward recommendations that would counter the systemic problems in the UK labour market that cause large-scale non-compliance with employment rights. Nevertheless, the Review proposed improvements to the enforcement system which could make it easier for working people to enforce their rights. The government has accepted some of these recommendations and the TUC welcomes this consultation as an opportunity to make sure these proposals help improve the enforcement of employment rights for working people. However, it must be recognised that the scope of this consultation is narrow. Wider action is needed to make sure working people have access to an effective system for enforcing employment rights.
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